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Find Secure Storage -- and a Good Insurance Policy -- Before Buying a Flying Car

by John Stevens June 30, 2010 2:52 PM
The Jetsons, here we come -- you can now buy a flying car, if you can afford one. The Terrafugia Transition Roadable Aircraft can take off from an ordinary road and rise into the air, allowing flying cars to go right over a sluggish traffic jam. It is designed to drive like a car and fly like a plane. In the air, it can reach speeds of up to 115 miles per hour -- and you won’t get a speeding ticket. The car can rise to a height of 10,000 feet, and can travel for 400 miles. On land, it even gets reasonable gas mileage -- about 30 miles per gallon. The first model flying car, called the Transition, will be available for purchase by the end of next year -- it will cost around $194,000. [More]

Old Dallas Walmart Becomes New Self Storage Facility

by John Stevens June 21, 2010 4:29 PM
Four Dallas-area residents, tired of looking at an empty Walmart building that has stood empty for six years, have decided to buy Walmart’s old retail building and convert it into a self storage facility. The Walmart will be turned into a Just Store It. The interior demolition work is already finished, and work on the interior renovations began today. The development is the brainchild of developer Brad Tidwell of Dallas, who looked at the old Walmart building and saw a conversion deal.

“Every time I see a new idea,” Tidwell explained in the Sunday Longview News-Journal, “my first thought is, ‘will this work in Longview?’” [More]

Dog Rescue Group to Benefit from Sale at Ohio Self Storage Facility

by Tony Gonzalez June 7, 2010 5:20 PM
For the Dogs, a dog rescue group in Boardman, Ohio, will host a sale to benefit rescued dogs at noon on Sunday, July 18, at Shepherd Self Storage. Money raised in the sale, called “Junk in Your Trunk,” will be used to rescue dogs from local pounds and to help care for rescued dogs. [More]

Local Governments Regulate Use of Portable Self Storage Units

by Winnie Hsiu April 30, 2010 11:16 AM
In several communities across the country, local governments are regulating the use of portable self storage containers in front yards, driveways, and on local streets. During the month of April, at least three cities have passed or are considering ordinances regulating the use of portable containers: Wausau, Wisconsin; Springfield, Missouri; and Baltimore, Maryland. [More]